Building Organizational Capacity to Support Empirical Legal Research (H4)

Date/Time: Tuesday, July 18, 2017: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Coordinator/Moderator/Speaker: Jon Ashley, University of Virginia Law Library; Alexander Jakubow, University of Virginia Law Library

Track: Reference, Research & Client Services

A thriving knowledge economy in empirical thinking permeates modern legal practice and scholarship. Law librarians are uniquely positioned to help patrons meaningfully engage with this economy, but many librarians may not know where to start given many of the theoretical and substantive differences between empirical/social scientific thinking and traditional legal research. This session introduces the concept of empirical legal research, identifies the infrastructural and human capital architectures that facilitate empirical thinking, and offers practical advice for building organizational capacity for supporting empirical legal research.

NOTE: One or more speakers on this program did not consent to the AALL recording release, and this program was not recorded.